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Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University on 1977-05-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University on 1977-05-08

Topics Matrix, Dan

Minglewood Blues, Loser, El Paso, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Deal, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Dancin' In The Streets Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet, Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Saint Stephen-> Morning Dew, E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Barton Hall, Cornell University
Location Ithaca, NY

Source Matrix - 3 Sources
Transferred by Dan


SBD (Betty Board) > Master 7" Nagra reels 1/2 track @ 7.5ips > Sony PCM501. Playback on Sony PCM 701>DAT (Digital Transfer) -- Rob Eaton DBX Decoding (Spring '99) Playback on Panasonic 4100 DAT > DB 924 D/A > Dolby 361's w/dbx K9-22 Cards > DB 124 A/D > Neve Capricorn (Digital mixing console) > DB 300S > Panasonic 4100 DAT>DAT>Digi Coax Cable > Tascam CD-RW700 > CDR (x1) > SHN (Rob Eaton remaster)

Jerry Moore's MAC > Reel > CD Sony 153 master, w/ ECM 33P's, on Maxell UDXL-II's, Dolby B, copied via Teac AN-180 Dolby box onto Sony TC 755, Scotch Classic 10.5 inch reel, 7.5 ips, Dolby B - Transfer by Rob Berger (1/05), Sony TC 850>Teac AN-180>Sony SBM1 super bit mapper > Tascam CD-Rw4U > SHN

Steve Maizner > Sony ECM-990 > Sony TC-152 aud master > First Gen Reel > Played directly to hard drive > CDR > SHN

Tech Notes:

SHNs were decoded to wave and SF 6.0 was used to reassemble the tracks back to 1 long wave. CEP2.0 was used to align & synch the SBD & both AUD sources. CEP2.0 used to adjust the volume for the SBD & both AUDs. This is a 60% SBD, 20% AUD1, 20% AUD2 mix.

- Mixed by
- FLAC conversion 08-MAY-2005
- Artwork by 300dpi - For best results print at the highest resolution onto glossy photo paper. Design for use with a clear slim double jewel case.


I looked at the 4 pages of notes I had on this project and it made me sick to think about typing them up. So, although not complete, you will get a good idea of what was done to bring these recordings to this point.

ALLOT of editing was done to keep the flow btwn songs. Both AUD recordings suffered from btwn song pauses that not only cut the crowd cheer out but clipped the beginning of many songs. The 2 AUD source coverage allowed my to patch 1 with the other in some situations. A couple spots I created a fake AUD recording by mixing crowd cheer with the SBD. This was effective at creating patches for the rear channels in the 5.1 presentation but also maintained a smooth quality in the stereo matrix mix as well. These patches are numerous and I think completely smooth and most likely undetectable.

d1t01 The first 16.041 seconds of Minglewood blues was cut on the SBD. Starting this monster project with an unrecoverable flaw was unacceptable to me. I decided to patch that opening portion with a SBD and AUD recording from 5-7-77. As this patch ends you will hear some slight phasing as the stereo field moves. The result, although not perfect, I think provides the listener with a more enjoyable and natural listening experience. Maybe you disagree. For those of you who would rather have a patch using a matrix mix of the 2 AUD sources please feel free to do it yourself :^)

d1t07-08 The SBD is missing approx 34.361 from 42:47.001 - 43:16.362. This was patched using a matrix mix of the 2 AUD sources and then EQ'ed to best match the sound spectrum of the SBD. I also tried to match the volume on the SBD. A switch in sources is obvious to the listener but this is still pretty good. The switch back to SBD is actually
really good as there are no vocals at that point.

d2t02 A tiny right channel digital sizzle at 12:18.418. This was fixed using a quick channel swap. This is smooth and most likely undetectable.

If you play this DTS-Audio-CD and hear static it is b/c you didn't really read the text file, did you?


Reviewer: AndrewFinnigan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2015
Subject: Like a rising sun
Morning Dew just pours it on and on, Keith and Jerry bring it. Absolutely beautiful.
Reviewer: Rev. OG - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2015
Subject: This Show Makes Me Happy...
and sad, that I was born 15-20 years too late!
But I was lucky enough to join the party in 89' 💃 I'll always be Grateful for that!
peace ☆ one love ☆ stay human,
The Rev. OG

Big Ups to Archive for making the mobile friendly 🎸 Love being able to stream from my phone to my sound system!
Keep Truckin' Archive!
Reviewer: jimwasthere - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2010
Subject: Wish i was there
This was just a short time before i stepped into the light of the Dead. Scarlet just rolls and bounces along and I can just imagine what it was like. This music truly is a gift to humanity.
Thank you fot your stewardship.
Reviewer: karl Winsl0w420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2009
There is no question.... that this is the best version out there of Brown Eyed Women! Jerry's solo in the beginning is beyond ridiculous... noodling my face off! Song just makes you want to dance!
Reviewer: skbluepeacevan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2009
Subject: Easy to Download
Hey Folks - No doubt that 5/8/77 is clearly one of the most enjoyable shows out there and it is simple to download. For instructions, send me an email @ Cheers!
Reviewer: chefbilly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2009
Subject: ok so Im a litte bit ignorant about this downloading
If you would be so kind - how to download?
Reviewer: Don Texist - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2009
Subject: Just keep coming back to this one
In the two plus years that I have been poking around the archive site this is the one show that I will hit over and over again. By this point I know every nuance. Yet it seems original each time that I listen.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2008
Subject: no dp
barton hall was never released as a dicks picks, it should have been but was not as far as i know.
Reviewer: Pete30 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2008
Subject: OMG
Absolutely pristine!!! The band was firing on all cylinders. I need a copy of this show. My audience recording won't cut it any longer. If any on has this and would be willing to do a B&P trade, email me @

Reviewer: Mixolydian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2008
Subject: Best Dead Show Ever
This show can be considered the quintessential Dead show for many reasons, the music being just one of them.

First of all, the Beatty Board recordings of this show are of phenomenal quality and were widely circulated during the pre-cd years. We are very fortunate, through technology, to have forums such as where we can access excellent non-mainstream music with such ease. Back in 'the day' such efficient medians simply did not exist. That being said, this show became a gem to so many and inevitable lead to a tonal conditioning of there brain waves. Add to this that the show was also released as a Dix Pics. Therefore, this show was probably the most successfully circulated show out there. The spectacular sound quality and precise mixing levels allow folks to come as close to possible to hearing what it actually sounded like to be at a Dead show.

Another pro to this show is the set list selection which, though typical for 1977, has many of the favorite songs that most Deadheads love the best.

On top of this, the boys staged a legendary performance. The band played like a well oiled machine seeming to hit every progression, peak, low, transition, and climax perfectly. They each seem to channel clean an crisp sound through their instruments with authoritative ease. This undoubtedly speaks of their commitment to each other, the music, and the fans at this point in there career. I would further argue this is one of the most professionally perfect musical performances ever. Many people will argue otherwise stating that Fire was to mellow or that Keith overplayed in this song or underplayed in that song. However, bands like the Dead use a musical technique called tension and release to rock the energy of the crowd back and forth. (The same technique used in classical music.) The idea being that, without lower (more mellow points) in the show, there is no base for them to build to a climax. Phish is a band that learned to master this technique and it is one of the main reasons that loyal fans flocked to their shows in droves.

The next reason for this shows greatness is that is represents the PEAK of the Grateful Dead as a band. There is no point to argue the fact that every band, every musician, and more, every artist, reaches a peak in their career where their creative soul, skill, and craft are at their greatest. Once they reach this summit they can never attain such acumen again. It happened to Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Leanardo DaVinci, and any other great artist that lived long enough to reach that point. Phish reached this point in 1997 and acknowledges such as a major reason for their breakup (following the example of Led Zepplin). In trey’s own words, they didn’t want to become a “caricature of themselves’ up on the stage going through the motions. Can you name any great classic rock band that as good as they were in the 60s and 70s. Of course not, they are all just collecting royalties and replaying all their old classics. One argument is that when an artist stops struggling, they lost their creativity. It is the struggle that gives their art its soul. That being said, 1977 was the Dead's high point and, although they had great moments after that, the consistency was never the same.

To listen to Cornell 77 is to listen to a superb quality recording of a legendary rock band at its peak playing each song to near perfection in front of a venue full of adoring fans. Therefore, for those variety of reasons and in my humble opinion, Cornell 77 is the quintessential Dead show.

That being said, nowadays I find myself listening to more to the older pre 1973 dead as well as acoustic sets. "New Speedway Boogie"!, "Dire Wolf"!, Friend of the Devil"!

Please note, these thought are my own personal opinion and I welcome comments and rebuffs. Maybe, years from now, as I grow older and wiser, these opinions will change.
Reviewer: Ice_Nine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2008
Subject: awesome
This is one of my fave shows and the first one that got me really hooked on the Dead and this is the show I show to people to introduce them to the Dead.

Loving the Deal, Brown Eyed Women, Dancin', Scarlet>Fire and Saint Stephen>NFA>Saint Stephen.

You can download this full stream at in the downloads section.
Reviewer: WolfmansBrother - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2008
Subject: it doesn't matter anyway
hitched a single ride from the mass pike all the way to cornell. spent the day resting up, since it was feeling pretty likely that they were going to uncork one tonight. the return of loser, not heard since first night at the palladium, had the place just flipping out, and jack straw #3 found its legs tonight and jerry just blew it out. the row jimmy was fantastic, but the highlight of the set for me and the thousands of other freaks is the dancin' - yikes!

after we all take a step back, they launch the second set. off all the scarlet>fires so far on tour, of which there have been many, this one has the most interesting guitar work i've heard in between and is in the top three so far. the drummers, too, are doing as-yet-unheard work supporting jerry. vocal flubs in fire are nothing new, but they drop one entire verse and its jam section, so it's a shorter version compared to other nights.

the highlights of the show witout a doubt are the NFA, which is far and away one of the raunchiest, down-in-the-dirt playings of this song ever by garcia and friends, and the morning dew, which also makes a return after a (relatively speaking) long layoff since night 2 of the capitol theater. this one is simply phenomenal and can stand with any dew ever played, period. we are just spent, physically, emotionally, cosmically when they finish.

a really raucous saturday night, sounding and feeling like the one in the dead movie sends me
out into a snowstorm (!?!?) to start truckin' up to buffalo for tomorrow night's show.

this show was probably the second tape i ever got. it was a crappy version and it was a long time before i got a board-quality replacement. this matrix, however, is the best recording of this show ever, save the few seconds in LL where something fails. i heard things i'd never heard before, even after countless listenings over the decades. they are truly a band beyond description.
Reviewer: LawrenceT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2008
Subject: Do you want to download the streammmm
You need Download Accelerator Plus 4.3 "Its free"
Internet Explorer. Then Integrate D.A.P to the Internet Explorer browser in the options of DAP
Just click on the stream songs and you will be able to download the files! "Happy Downloading".
Hope you find this helpfull, I know I have!!`_"
Reviewer: stoner mulholland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2008
Subject: best ever not sure?
its the best scarlet/fire....ever...but,as far as the rest...its just good...4 stars
Reviewer: rkilmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2008
Subject: ok, ok
so maybe this is the best show ever...
Reviewer: STS9doug420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2008
Subject: Greatest DEAD show ever
I think im not the only one who agrees that this show is god among men a diamond in the rough the fire on the mountain of this show is what made me the dead head i am today get the whole show in a downlodable version on in the free stash
Reviewer: UticaClub - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2008
Subject: Upstate
I lived between Ithaca and Syracuse between 1972-1984. This essentially means, in terms of the Grateful Dead, that I lived between the Tigris and Euphrates. This show is, was, and always be ... Mecca.
Reviewer: scadh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2008
Subject: Jerry blistering at his peak
Androus2001, don't want to rain on your parade, friend, but playing a 2-channel audio file out of 5 speakers and a subwoofer doesn't make it "5.1". This recording is mastered in 2-channel (stereo) so no matter how many speakers you have, you're hearing the same thing as the rest of us, only from more speakers. Your computer is just duplicating the left and right channels on the rears and combining them for the center. It's possible that it also EQ's each channel independently to attenuate certain frequencies (i.e. higher, ambient frequencies in the rear), but if anything that would degrade the stereo mix, cutting and boosting in ways that the mastering engineer didn't intend. In order to truly experience 5.1 sound, a recording needs to mixed and mastered in 6 channels, and this one isn't. Sorry. :)

As far as the show goes, this high energy masterpiece goes places most shows don't achieve (which is saying a lot). The guitar solos in Jack Straw and Brown Eyed Women are not to be believed. I'm not into the Dancing in the Streets the way others are, but the Stephen/Fade/Stephen is stellar. Numerous other standouts and next to no filler.

Jerry playing more fervently than at any time in his life, Bob nailing funky rhythm parts, Phil on a thumping, walking bass, Keith smoking on keys, Bill/Mikey in driving time, even Donna hitting the right notes in an unobtrusive way. And this matrix recording bring all of it together better than any of the other mixes of the show on the archive.

May 7-9, 1977 was the absolute pinnacle of the Dead's career for live performance.
Reviewer: androus2001 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2007
Subject: Do yourself a favor- listen to this in 5.1
I am listening to this in 5.1 right now and it is AMAZING. If you think this mix sounds a little funny in regular stereo (and it does in parts), let me assure you: it is F&%*#ing unbelievable played back in 5.1

Congratulations Dan on an amazing job
Reviewer: tnduckhntr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2007
Subject: wow
pure, sweet, harmony. phil in fire is on fire!
Reviewer: kawzmikchawleigh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2007
Subject: Barton Hall
1991, airplane to spain for semester, tape player as loud as can be, Buffalo 90' my favorite at the time. By pure chance roomate there in Salamanca Spain is american Dead fan, his sister had this tape. Turned me on fullout from that point and i have never returned and can never wait to go back.
Reviewer: Eve383 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2007
I have a photo montage poster from this superb show! Anyone interested? It is preserved on wood, great collector item! EXCELLENT MUSIC
Reviewer: stateu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2007
Subject: Thanks for the tip
Thanks for the tip!
Reviewer: marquino15 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2007
Subject: downloading streams
You need special programs to download streams like this one or on Wolfgang's Vault. I use Sound Tap which I downloaded for $19.95- very accurate and reliable. Good Luck. This is the best Dead show I have ever heard, but the 5-8-77 Boston Garden show is similar in style and quality. It doesn't get any better than this- "Fire On the Mountain" is ......what can I say.
Reviewer: warmly hopeless - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2007
Subject: What more could one ask for.
Pure transcendence. I have never heard a show that hits all the right notes until this one. This my friends is a very rare treat. Not just a band on a good night but a beautiful entity taking form in this world and showering us with its love.
Simply put, this show proves front to back that there exists a collectice consciousness that moves in perfect beauty.
Reviewer: nchead67 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2007
Subject: Awesome!!!
THis is by far my favorite!! Love the whole show, but Dancin' in the Street is 16 mins of pure power and energy!!!!
Can DL at
Reviewer: gr8flmark - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2007
Not many things in life make me happier than a good gr8fldead show and this one is an animal!!!! Not much is left to the immagionation. As far as the show goes its a certified smoker from front to back and side to side. I can only immagion what it was like to be there and take it all in! Well at least we have streaming audio 30 yrs later. Have a cold one and enjoy a great show.
Reviewer: Wickenden - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2007
Subject: One of my favorite shows
by 1977 I was firmly in the embrace of a past-winterland religious and republican buzz. I missed this show by about as wide a margin as you can imagine, waxing about god and angels and... well, you know.

But, I return to it, starting about 1990 until the bitter end of no-more-shows in 95. This is, and will always be, one of the shows that defined what it was about for me. In fact, all of 1977 is like some enormous gift from the universe.

Thank you!
Reviewer: GDBass - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2007
Subject: Great mix to a great show
So many great stories about this show, I wouldn't even know where to begin.

From a pure audio file perspective, this is a fantastic mix. It brings new life to what was already a great show and a great recording. (Like the band and the performance, yes it has it's strange points but that's part of what makes it so good.) To hear the dead heads reacting with clarity along with the band gives listeners a rare glimpse into what made the dead so great... the energy that was created between the band and their fans. Right on!
Reviewer: MushroomEagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2007
Subject: Happy 30th
Happy (just over midnight central time) 30th anniversary to everyone!!! :D
Reviewer: Tobagginoggin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2007
Subject: Perfect, but not flawless
While this is a fantastic mix of a stupendous performance, let's not get carried away here with saying this performance was "flawless", because it ain't. Given the fondness I and many friends have for this performance, it may seem like nitpicking, but there's definitely a mistake or two. See Donna's premature "Lady finger" in St. Stephen. I doubt that there's any such thing as a flawless Dead show anyway, but since "warts and all" is part of what it's all about, this one just might be perfect.
Reviewer: 5877 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2007
Subject: 30 years ago today
Goodness knows this was the best of all the great shows seen over the years. Today, in Vermont the weather it is alot like as I remember it. Wandering the Cornell campus before the show was a blast while recovering from the previous night in Boston. Beautiful weather with lots of reasons to smile, then and now. Each of the 29 sequential years has brought a smile to me on this anniversay of BARTON HALL...
Does anyone else remember how Dancin' just wouldn't end? It would wind down...again and again...I nearly exploded dancing mid-way Stage Phil. One of the best things about this show is that people who didn't go remind me of how much fun it was! The entire show... was pure heaven!Alot has happened in this 30 year period and having this memory keeps me laughing and smiling out loud. Here's to all the friends that shared that night with me and to all those who were there, Thanks for the energy because we fed those boys some serious goodness.
To teh memory of Riff, I pull you out of my pocket and love that you were there.
Reviewer: elrodnino - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2007
Subject: Ithaca Mayor Declares May 8 Grateful Dead Day

Ithaca - In honor of the 30th anniversary of one of the Grateful Dead's most
legendary performances that took place on May 8, 1977 at Cornell
University's Barton Hall, Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson will declare May 8,
Grateful Dead Day in Ithaca.

The headlining event of this anniversary celebration is Dark Star
Orchestra's recreation of the Legendary May 8, 1977 Grateful Dead concert.

Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra are on sale now. They are $24.50 in advance
or $26.50 at the door. Go online at, by phone at
273-4497, or in person at The Ticket Center at Clinton House located at 116
North Cayuga St. in downtown Ithaca or at the Theatre on the day of the show
to purchase a ticket.

The Mayors Proclamation is as follows:

Proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Ithaca

Whereas, the Grateful Dead have been recognized by many highly credible
organizations, individuals and entities including the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame as significantly important and integral to the musical and social
fabric of our contemporary culture, and whereas, on May 8th, 1977 the
Grateful Dead performed in Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University
in the city of Ithaca New York, a concert that is widely acknowledged and
regarded as a defining and transcendent occasion and example of the art of
contemporary musical improvisation, collaboration, musicianship, and
performance, and whereas, many tens of thousands of individuals who were not
in attendance that night in Barton Hall, have become knowledgeable &
familiar with the extraordinary nature of the performance on May 8th 1977
through the trading and sharing of recordings of the show, and whereas, the
cultural identity and perceptions of Ithaca as a community, have been
informed and bolstered by the widespread acknowledgement of the magic of May
8th, 1977, and whereas, it has been said many times by many people that,
"there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert."

Now therefore, be it resolved that as Mayor of the City of Ithaca, and in
heartfelt recognition of the thirtieth anniversary of the May 8th 1977
concert performance, I declare May 8th 2007 as Grateful Dead Day in the City
of Ithaca.
Reviewer: ndawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2007
Subject: Happy Anniversary
still one of my faves after all these years. never get tired of hearing this show; i always seem to notice something i hadn't heard before.

this is my first time hearing this matrix and it sounds amazing. not quite reality...but reality is overrated.

the balance seems good to me. music's not bad either. hehe.
Reviewer: shed your skin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2007
Subject: 3 Sources
I wish every show I had sounded like this...really fantastic and real!
Reviewer: Boss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2007
Subject: Put it down
I think Chris is blowing more than smoke.Put down the pipe you have had enough....
Reviewer: Chris U. - favorite - May 2, 2007
Subject: Never understood the appeal
Next to the first half of 1986, 1978 is probably the worse pre-coma year of the Dead's history. Keith's drug abuse and other less-easily ascertained factors reduced his contributions from the brilliant psychedelicized jazz, honky tonk and funk of 71-74 to an apersonal, antiseptic and forgettable nothingness. 1977 was better than 1978 but hints of the bland bloatedness to come were highly evident. This infamous performance is one such example.

Cornell 5-8-77 show was always over-rated and I'm resigned to the fact that it always will be over-rated. With a handful of exceptions (Sugaree?) the arrangements of the Dead's songs are uninspired and the performances swing back and from from the leaden to the trite.

The beauty of a song like Brown-eyed Women was that it was short and sweet. Here it ends up being another excuse for Jerry to plinkity plink a shiny but vapid series of twangy, subpar twaddle. Hold this version up to a random version picked from the European tour in 1972 and watch it cry like a cub scout's campfire exposed to the blazing sun.
Reviewer: Calicheez - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2007
Subject: May 8 Grateful Dead Day
Had to download this after Hearing What Ithica NY Mayor did

Reviewer: stellablue89r - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2007
Subject: by far the best
best show i've ever heard, each song has it's amazing personal properties that i've grown to love. the energy from bobby during minglewood and one more saturday night makes me get up and dance every time, jerry sings his heart out in brown-eyed women, row jimmy, and loser, and phil's guitar work in scarlet begonias blows my mind. there's much more to this show, but i don't want to influence you're opinion of it too much, listen and find out for yourself!! 5 stars most certainly
Reviewer: clashcity - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2007
Subject: 5-8-77 revisted
I put this one away for quite sometime. Actually I put away the dead for quite a many years. Its certainly wonderful to come back and its all so fresh again.

Over the past many months I've held off on this show but today let it play. After listening to a ton of 77-78 and everything else I can say with complete certainty this is the most flawless Grateful Dead concert ever played.

There are many many many great shows and even some not so great that have those shining moments but if you want to hand someone something that from beginning to end is exactly how it should be every time around this one is it. End of story.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2007
Subject: Me, too, WILLIAMO.
Every single time, WILLIAMO, every single time!! Those notes can't squeeze out of that amp any more liquid than this particular version. I always thought, comparitively, that this Brown Eyed Women is the ULTIMATE version for that percolating, psychedelic, banjo pickin', swamp music, twangin', God help me, how DOES that man hit those notes?! guitar solo! BEYOND inspirational, along w/ every other precious musical moment that occured on that stage on that evening.
Reviewer: drlazybones - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2007
Subject: wowie zowie
real nice
Reviewer: Shapman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2007
Subject: I was at this show
I liked reading the many reviews of the show. I was at this show. It was one of the shows I remember the most.

It was open seating. When they opened the doors, they only opened one half of one of the them. It was crazy getting in. In fact, the door was pulled off its hinges!

My friends went up front as I did in the beginning but as you hear on the tape, the Dead tried to get people to move back. They did not. I was getting hurt being up front so before the show started, I went to the back so I could have room to dance.

It was amazing show being Mother's day. The other strange thing is the blizzard that occurred. I remember during one of the intermissons someone saying to me that is snowing outside. I know it is hard to think that it could snow on May 8th but it did. In fact, there was about 7-8 inches when it ended. This just made the whole day magical.
Reviewer: Lewis-Mrotzek - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2006
Subject: AMazing
Very very good show. Jerrys on fire.
Reviewer: nambo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2006
Subject: good times
This {Dancin} is one of the monster jams of the 70's. Hands Down. Oh yeah, the other stuff aint so bad either...
Reviewer: abidingdude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2006
Subject: WILLIAM-0
check 4.30.1977 for a great brown eyed women as well...

all of '77 is sick!
Reviewer: gankmore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2006
Subject: Not noise reduced
This is a matrix tape. Please read the more of the previous reviews. While there isn't "noise reduction" some processing has been done to integrate the 3 source mix into a 5.1 format and then reduce it again to stereo. If you have a better source, upload it. Otherwise, as Martin would say, 'chut up.
Reviewer: Pushkari - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2006
Subject: Fire on the Mtn
To the reviewer Lum Edwards, I couldn't have put it better myself. I wish the same thing every time I listen to this show. As someone rightly pointed out, who cares if it's not the best show, it's definitely a pleasure!
Reviewer: Lum Edwards - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2006
Subject: Fire On the Mountain
I really Like This show. I had to replay Fire on the Mountain 3 Times. Wish I had been there!!!!
Reviewer: williamo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2006
Subject: The Greatest Band of the 20th Century
Is anyone else so moved by Jerry's solo in Brown Eyed Women that you can't even express what you're feeling?
Reviewer: wagglebee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2006
Subject: It's still fake
Without a doubt, the BEST MIXED TAPE ever!

That being said, the REAL shows that were on May 7th and May 9th both blow this away, as do about a dozen other shows from 77.
Reviewer: decoboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2006
Subject: Great Show
If not the greatest dead show ever as some claim certainly a top 20. The Scarlet >fire is considered by many to be the one all others are measured against. This show is a definig example of how the band sounded in that great year of 1977, full of energy, creativity and tight. The sound is fine but if your a highfi audio snob you'll find something wrong with it. If you just want to enjoy the music it's great and beter than the audience tape
Reviewer: jraybofunk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2006
Subject: outstanding mix
I play along with these tapes and this is without a doubt in the top 1% in audio quality.. Whats the point of having a great show if ya cant hear jerry?
Clear.. crisp and you can never have enough phil.. its the foundation of the sound and he is rock steady for 30 years.

all great shows should be mixed down in this fashion.. great job
Reviewer: rak5877 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2006
Subject: Happy Cornell Day Everybody!
The 29th anniversary of this storied show. Is it the best ever? who cares, it's still a frickin barn burner. why not give a listen to this matrix source in honor of the anniversary.
Reviewer: Thinsoul - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2006
Subject: Days Gone By
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

I'm not a technical giant , especially in the realm of sound engineering , however, this is an effort to be held in the utmost reverence .

Great job, great show, and great memories.....................along with some regret that i will never have the privilage of seeing them as they were then.

Great work!
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2006
Subject: Enhancements
Some folk call things like this a fake,I call it enhanced...but I gotta believe this is serious amp and tweek of the real reels - the Betty Boards Don't get me wrong, it sounds tremendous/ impressive but it ain't no B Cantor original -- 77 phat dead reel.

God bless tech today, and god bless the Grateful Dead. The sound's smoking -- but it's a four for being a DJ-digitized funk-leg.
Reviewer: manhattan al - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2006
Subject: great work
thx for the great job putting this together- however there is a noticible phasing issue. sometimes it's actually advantageous cause it fattens up the overall mix to an extent, however the downside is a bit of a swirling sound that i hear most on jerry's vox but can be heard on other instruments at various times. cool idea though with the blend of the three sources- maybe it's just a matter of lining up the very tips of the waveforms in protools or something?
i'd listen to this stream any day though ;)
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2006
Subject: Shaken Not Stirred
This Matrix edition is hot stuff, very progressive ideas, when 3 copies are mixed together, 2 AUDs from different locals of the Hall, mixed with the Board, well, it's the best damm audiance recording we'll ever hear. There is vertually no disruption in mood with the patch in the minglewood open in the Matrix, seemless,

Sometimes I don't even mind a patch if it's quick and the audiance source has integrity, it's like flicking a switch and being at center court, only for a moment, then getting back in the sound truck in the parking lot.
A little crowd noise is alright with me, especially if you find 77 recording's sterile at times, but how much is too much?, and there is clearly some echo within the vocals, therfore I will not claim this copy is superior to the SBD in terms of pure Music. Enjoyable non the less, why not get both : )

It's this type of work that I would love to see done to the New Haven Show 3 days earlyer on the Fifth, if there was an Audiance Source, shouldn't there be, check your houseboats everybody!
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2006
Subject: Excellent stuff!
This is great, there are 2 audience recordings and a soundboard all mixed together to give you an authentic sounding show! Absolutely amazing. How do we thank the person who did this? This must have taken an incredible amount of time.
Reviewer: Dub Irie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2006
Subject: Phase
We all hear different things through our various systems, but I don't have any gripes with this matrix on my JBL monitors or my Sony headphones. This matrix recording is great, IMHO. Crank up Dancin' and tell me it isn't near perfect sounding. Good stereo separation with Kieth left and Bobby on the right, Jerry in the middle. Donna vocals too low :-p

Overall, however, the recording is not 100% perfect in that it has a couple of very short, marginally noticable spots of inconsistency. The bass is a little over-rich for me and I couldn't hear the keyboards very well.

It is all minor though, and easy to ignore any of this for the greater reward of hearing this excellent show.

Balls out Jerry solo work in a robust Jack Straw gives way to ever better soloing in The Deal. Great Fire version. Interesting 16 minute version of Not Fade Away. Energetic Saturday Night encore.
Reviewer: Rider384 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2006
Subject: awesome matrix
The guy below is nuts or just has an awful sound system. This matrix mix is unreal just like the show. Glad i downloaded while i could. Thanks for all the work on this dan.
Reviewer: toddamo - favoritefavorite - September 8, 2005
Subject: A great effort but...
This is a great idea and effort but it doesn't
really work for me. The recording (particularly
noticeable on the vocals and the hi-hats) sounds
very out of phase. I jumped over to the other
'matrix' recording and immediately the vocals
were present and right up front. The bass is deep, the mid-range rich and the hi-hats do not have
any phasing effect. I'm sure it's all a work in progress so thanks for all the efforts.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2005
Subject: An interesting and fine listen
Since back in the day I had a AUD and later a sweet SBD of this show, I truly enjoyed listening to this matrix copy. Great work Dan. You get the "cutting" aspects of the betty board and the crowd exuberance in a sweet mix! There is a bit of phase weirdness, but still worth checking out.
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2005
Subject: BEST SHOW EVER ???????
Reviewer: juanie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2005
Subject: amazing
This is almost the best version I've heard of this show - the truly best version is the dts 5.1 surround version. To have all three sources mixed between 5 channels (+ bass) adds a completely new dimension to this long-loved show. This is basically a mix-down of that version, but since dts 5.1 is 'lossy', you won't find it here. Dan reportedly put in something like 175 hours synching up all three sources. The result - either this matrix version or the dts version - is amazing.
Reviewer: FrankyC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2005
Subject: This is Awesome
Thanks for all of the hard work on this! This sounds awesome.
Reviewer: mnhed - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2005
Subject: Prefer the SBD
Usually I prefer matrix recordings, especially some of the great late '80's ones, but there's something a little off about this one. It sounds a little out of phase or something, like one of the sources is just a tad out of sync. And even with this version, there still isn't enough audience to make it feel like you're there, which for me is what a matrix recording is all about. Either way, to each their own...
Reviewer: sainstevenwunda - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2005
Subject: best source
Iagree, this is my favorite version of the show. The eaton matrix sounds very good, but for me i like the sound of this mix better. either way enjoy it!
Reviewer: MindBender65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2005
This makes a good companion to the regular sbd of this show.
Reviewer: tranzended - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2005
Subject: This version sounds best to me
I find this mix to be the most balanced and clear of the three. As for the music... all I can do is point at my speakers, mouth agape, filled with awe for a moment before going back to dancing my ass off.
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